Affordable Prefab Cabin & Tiny Home Kits From Walden

Design plans for $99 and DIY build kits from $15k, now shipping throughout the U.S.


Graham Hiemstra



As a New Yorker, I’m a firm believer that the only way to survive and thrive in this city (or any other, for that matter) is to leave every opportunity I get. Whether that’s a day at the beach or a weekend in the woods, the restorative benefits of emerging oneself in nature are scientifically proven.

What’s also proven is the internet’s unquenchable thirst for prefab architecture, tiny homes, and affordable modern cabins. Lucky for you, there’s New York-based design studio Walden.

Based in NYC with an “outdoor lab” in the Catskills just a couple hours up the Hudson River, Walden is a rooted design practice currently offering two distinct architecturally-inspired designs—the Catskills Tiny House and the Modern Loft Cabin.

Designed with affordability and ease of construction in mind, the two structures can be purchased as plans ($99 - $199), DIY kits ($15,000 - $20,000), or full-on prefab ($45,000 - $60,000), ready to be delivered and placed most anywhere in the U.S. With every detail highly considered, from bathroom fixtures and suggested materials to wood stoves and skylights, these minimalist cabins offer a distinctly elevated approach to backcountry living not often shown by most online cabin kit providers.

Of course, none of these prices include the cost of land, nor consider site preparation, furnishings, the price to bribe your friends to help you built, etc. BUT, Walden does offer a rather impressive guide to buying and building in the Hudson Valley, for fellow New York tri-state area folks.

Published 03-05-2019

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